CCNM - Boucher Campus calculates a cumulative grade point average for all courses that constitute a degree. For a candidate to be considered a competitive applicant, the Admissions Committee expects a degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.
For candidates who have a cumulative GPA below the expected minimum but who have completed additional degree(s) (e.g., a second bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, doctorate, or first professional degree), the Admissions Committee may consider additional education when assessing academic preparation.
Applicants must show a minimum final grade of 60 per cent (equivalent to C) in each required prerequisite course. The expected overall minimum cumulative science GPA is 2.5 to compete for the limited program seats.
CCNM offers online prerequisite courses in biochemistry, organic chemistry, general chemistry, biology, physiology, and psychology.
Credit hours: 6
May be fulfilled by introductory or general biology, commonly titled Biology I, Biology II, Principles of Biology, General Biology, or Introduction to Biology.
This requirement may also be satisfied by three (3) credit hours of general/introductory biology, which can include ecology, evolution, or microbiology courses. Plus 3.0 credit hours of another appropriate biology, such as botany, cell biology, genetics, zoology, physiology, cellular, or molecular biology.
Please note: anatomy courses do not satisfy the biology requirement.
Credit hours: 3
It is strongly recommended that six (6) completed credit hours of general chemistry help prepare for the rigours of the program.
Credit hours: 3
Acceptable courses must have at least three (3) credit hours of general chemistry as a prerequisite.
Credit hours: 3
Acceptable courses must have at least three (3) credit hours of general chemistry as a prerequisite. It is strongly recommended to also have at least three (3) credit hours of organic chemistry as a prerequisite. Courses are 200- or 300- level and are typically titled Introduction to Biochemistry or Biochemistry.
A course that satisfies the biochemistry prerequisite includes the structure, function, and metabolism of the four major biomolecules (carbohydrates, nucleic acids, lipids, proteins) and provides an overview of basic cellular biology and processes essential to life.
Credit hours: 3
May be fulfilled by introductory, general or developmental psychology. It is strongly recommended that applicants complete additional psychology or counselling credits to prepare for the rigours of the program.
English / Humanities
Credit hours: 3
May be fulfilled by courses such as academic writing, anthropology, English, history, literature, philosophy, sociology, women’s studies, etc. Coursework must include written components that add up to at least 40 per cent of the total coursework. Applicants may be required to write a short essay at the time of the interview to demonstrate academic writing ability.
Please note: foreign language courses are not accepted towards the humanities prerequisite.
*According to PTIB bylaws and CCNM -Boucher Campus policy, minimum program admission requirements may not be waived.
Additional Prerequisite Information
Prerequisite courses must be at the 100 level or above and taken at a recognized Canadian or regionally accredited American postsecondary institution, or the equivalent, as assessed by either ICES or WES. Lab courses do not fulfill the required prerequisite credit hours, nor are they included in calculating prerequisite grades.
The CCNM - Boucher Campus may, at its discretion, accept prerequisite preparatory courses from other Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) approved institutions. This option is generally reserved for students who apply as transfer students from other CNME approved institutions.
Students who started a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program at a CNME-approved institution but are not applying as a transfer student may, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, be able to use credits completed at the issuing institution to satisfy prerequisites provided at least a 60 per cent (equivalent to C) was attained and the credits earned are at least equivalent to 3 credit hours or a half-year course.
Courses accepted as a prerequisite may not be used for transfer credit. Students must provide an official transcript showing successful completion of all prerequisites before the first day of the CCNM - Boucher Campus program.
In cases where an official transcript indicating successful completion of a prerequisite course is not available before the first day of the program, with pre-approval from the Chair of the Admissions Committee, a letter sent directly from the Registrar or Records Office of the issuing postsecondary institution may be used as proof of successful completion until an official transcript is received.
We recommend that, in addition to the prerequisite courses, applicants complete courses in some or all of the following areas to prepare for the ND program curriculum:
- Cell Biology
- Community/Cultural Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Global/International Studies
- Religious Studies
Proficiency in the English Language
CCNM’s curriculum is delivered in English; all applicants are expected to demonstrate sufficient English language fluency to fully participate in the learning process. If an applicant’s post-secondary studies were completed outside of North America in a language other than English, proof of English proficiency must be submitted to CCNM - Boucher Campus. Our minimum requirements are indicated below:
- IELTS (academic): minimum overall band score of 6.5 or higher (on a 9 point scale)
- TOEFL iBT: minimum 86 out of 120
Official transcripts from an applicant’s post-secondary educational institution(s) must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the NDCAS transcript processing centre. Please follow NDCAS-provided instructions in your application for ordering your transcripts.
Students who attended an institution outside of Canada or the United States must submit a “comprehensive" (course-by-course) evaluation from either International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) or World Education Services (WES) to NDCAS.